I turn 30 in a couple days. Aside from the crippling angst and existential dread (combined with a miserable winter that has negatively impacted my retail based finances) it’s been pretty good. I feel like I’m in a good place in my life. But, I’ll leave the waxing poetical for another time and internet space, this is about style.
This is the first “WIWT” I posted on this blog* March 12th 2011. I figured I’d go back and be shocked and appalled at what I wore, but I’m pleasantly surprised to find this isn’t the case. I’m sure if I went through the archives I’d find lots to beat myself up over, but really? I think, for better or worse, I have a style that works for me. This is something I would wear today. I love bold patterns and colors, textures are secondary, but typically I try and use them as contrasting elements from the my bolder-than-usual color and pattern schemes. Here the muted corduroy and denim stand in contrast to the bright yellow madras and blue suede.
I think very often bloggers get caught up in trying to figure out how to look both of the moment and classic, while not giving enough credence to their inner voice. Trying too hard to please the net while not trying to know themselves and why they wear the things they wear. It’s great that you love Cucci cashmere so much, but is it just because it’s hot shit right now? Or is there more to it? This is an actual question that requires reflection and self-awareness (which is probably why it rarely gets grappled with on tumblr…).
In the end, I’m interested in looking like myself. I wasn’t sure I could do it at 26, but I tried. I’m just happy that at 30 I know where I am and who I am. I humbly suggest everyone should ask themselves the same questions. The answer may surprise you.
*ed note: technically this isn’t true, but the first one was for a rock show and I was in what amounted to costume for it.